BOSTON, Mass. — More than 3,000 attendees representing 65 countries traveled to Boston, last week, for PestWorld 2012, NPMA’s annual conference and tradeshow. Here is a slideshow from last week's event.
The Pacific Northwest is known to have a strong green hue on its outlook about the environment. It’s also known as an incubator to some of the most recognizable names in the world, including Starbucks, Boeing and that burgeoning computer software outfit Microsoft.
So it should come as no surprise that the 56th annual meeting of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), held in Seattle Aug. 26-29, would feature a mixture of “green” thinking coupled with business pragmatism.
The state regulators attending, along with their federal counterparts, industry suppliers and pest management professionals, took part in a program that looked into the future of how the pest management industry might service the next generation of customers, and sank deep into the details of current regulatory issues facing the industry.
The session that progressive pest professionals can count on as a definitive picture of the future of pest management focused on green building construction and management practices and LEED certification.
Effects of LEED? What impact will LEED have on the average PMP? When you consider the U.S. Green Building Council, the governing body for LEED certification on existing building and new construction projects, is accrediting 1.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space per day, the answer is clear — the time is now.
LEED credits are awarded to architects, builders and building managers who identify and implement sustainable building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions in their projects. As the council’s website declares, the international initiative is “redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn.”
Bob Rosenberg, acting executive vice president for the National Pest Management Association and the association’s long-time regulatory affairs representative, says LEED is an important driver of green pest management initiatives in the United States.
“It presents a business opportunity for pest management professionals who want to carve out a niche service offering,” says Rosenberg. “LEED is a recognizable brand with consumers and PMPs offering services in accordance with their standards are in a position to charge a premium for those services.”
Rosenberg says industry professionals are gaining a better understanding of the LEED process and that the U.S. Green Building Council’s pending new qualification standards (LEED v4 is due out in 2013) will be more in line with EPA’s IPM policy and established green pest management standards like GreenPro, EcoWise and Green Shield (see related article at the bottom of the article).
“It will make it easier for PMPs’ clients to understand what constitutes a green pest service and obtain credits,” says Rosenberg.
Under existing standards, LEED credit can be earned in the Existing Buildings: Operations & Management (Indoor Environmental Quality EQ) category if pest management professionals and building managers design and implement programs that reduce the levels of chemicals, biological and particulate contaminants in a structure.
Sara Cederberg, manager, LEED, for the U.S. Green Building Council, says the group is working to strike a balance in the market and promote LEED as more than just energy and water conservation, and indoor air quality, and include pest management services.
“Sustainable or green building practices are about implementing a holistic approach to designing, constructing and maintaining a property,” says Cederberg.
Pest management professionals can assist owners and property managers by designing and implementing management programs based on the latest IPM strategies that emphasize inspection, monitoring, exclusion, sanitation and cultural management practices.
|Brian Forschler of the University of Georgia (gray shirt) received the ASPCRO Hall of Fame Award for his work on termite research. Here, Derrick Lastinger (ASPCRO president, left) presents Forschler with the award.|
LEED certification can also be earned on new construction projects when treating the structure for termites by the use of a physical barrier. In the proposed LEED v4 standards, the building also will qualify for points if “all cellulosic structural material is treated with a registered pesticide containing borates” or by installing “a registered bait system and providing for ongoing maintenance.”
Under current LEED standards an application of a “chemical-free termite barrier system,” will earn one Innovation in Design credit for LEED NC projects. LEED H projects can choose from various “reduced pesticide” or “reduced impact” methods to earn a half-credit each or in combination to earn one credit in the Sustainable Sites category.
While LEED certification is available for both residential and commercial structures, there are only 20,000 LEED certified residential homes in the United States. The emphasis leans heavily toward commercial properties, a market segment most pest management professionals service on a daily basis.
Steve Dwinell, assistant director of the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services for the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, says ASPCRO is forming a committee to study the green building issue and help with education.
One of the committee’s tasks will be to develop training materials for builders, property managers and pest management professionals to help foster a better understanding of how to earn LEED credits for their work.
The Regulatory Docket. The rodenticide issue that dominated the agenda at last year’s ASPCRO meeting (stemming from EPA mandates regarding the sale of rodenticides to consumers, product placement and label language prohibiting the targeting of non-commensal rodents) was once again revisited in Seattle, but this time with a more encouraging tone.
The initial mandate limited applicators’ usage of anticoagulant rodent products to within 50 feet of a building. However, after discussion with various stakeholders, the agency moved that number back to 100 feet, changed “building” to “manmade structure,” and made alterations to the requirements governing the application of product to rodent burrows.
What still remains on the table, however, is the mandate on label language prohibiting the targeting of non-commensal rodents such as deer mice and pack rats, known vectors of dangerous public health threats such as Hantavirus, which recently claimed the lives of three people who were exposed to the virus while camping at Yosemite National Park in California.
NPMA’s Rosenberg says progress is being made toward resolving the issue with EPA and he feels confident the issue will be resolved. In fact, several states already grant 24(c) Special Local Need registrations to pest professionals to use products to control these potentially harmful pests.
Attendees also received updates on two other important regulatory issues that have a direct impact on the pest management industry — pyrethroid labeling and the Endangered Species Act.
The EPA’s new use directions and environmental hazard statements for non-agricultural outdoor pyrethroid product labels is significant to the industry due to the wide net it casts over products frequently used by PMPs, including liquid concentrates, broadcast granules, dusts and liquid ready-to-use products.
The new use statements are intended to prevent pesticide run-off from entering into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters. The EPA’s recommendation included:
- Termite pre-construction sites must be covered prior to a rain event to prevent run-off and not to treat while it is raining.
- Not overwatering granular, liquid, dust and ready-to-use products to the point of run-off following application.
- Not applying products directly to drains and sewers.
- Limiting outdoor applications to spot or crack-and-crevice treatments above 3 feet on buildings and on impervious surfaces.
The industry’s concerns were voiced by the NPMA and ASPCRO in separate letters to EPA. SFIREG, a federal advisory committee of state pesticide regulators, also expressed concerns.
The letters requested clarification on whether some of the statements were mandatory or merely a recommendation. EPA confirmed that the statements were advisory and not mandatory, and that PMPs would not be responsible for overwatering done by others (e.g. customers) That’s good news for PMPs who feared they would have more limited product and application options.
The letters also requested that the new label directions be expanded to treat for overwintering pests and occasional invaders such as stink bugs and kudzu bugs — pests that can’t be managed effectively by spot or crack and crevice treatments in most cases.
EPA initially denied the request for an expanded label but has been actively discussing the issue with industry stakeholders and NPMA’s Rosenberg feels the discussions are headed in a positive direction.
“PMPs need more flexibility on the label in order to effectively treat for certain types of pests,” says Rosenberg. “EPA has been open to suggestions and my gut tells me something will get done.”
The industry finds itself caught in the middle of litigation surrounding the EPA’s actions regarding product registration and the Endangered Species Act. The agency has been the target of lawsuits from activist groups claiming the EPA did not properly consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service when registering products.
The courts have generally found the EPA violated ESA by not consulting with the two agencies and as a result has issued interim use restrictions on some products in certain locations. This action has put a strain on pest management professionals trying to determine where or where not they can use certain products.
“Applicators will literally have to determine by the account’s address whether or not they can use a product,” says Rosenberg. “What is OK to use on one side of the street may not be OK to use on the other side.”
The Green Side of Pest Management
There are several voluntary green certification programs currently available on the market that PMPs can choose from. All the programs listed here require companies to have a written integrated pest management (IPM) plan in place and to commit to detailed record keeping practices. Contact the individual organizations for complete details.
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It’s an exciting time to be a reporter for PCT, especially when it comes to providing daily industry news coverage. Technology has completely revolutionized the way PCT reports news. The first significant change occurred in the 1990s with the advent of the Internet, which shifted PCT’s news reporting cycle from monthly to daily. The next wave of changes is ongoing and it is a result of the rise in popularity of mobile technology, which has changed not only the frequency in which PCT reports news (from daily to hourly) but the content (more audio and video) as well as the vehicles we utilize to deliver the news (e.g., the PCT app, weekly PCT E-newsletter, Facebook and Twitter).
Just how big is the “mobile web” becoming? In 2010, Morgan Stanley released an 87-page report analyzing online trends and predicting the future of the Internet. According to the report, “Morgan Stanley’s analysts believe that, based on the current rate of change and adoption, the mobile web will be bigger than desktop Internet use by 2015.”
PCT is working hard to meet mobile device user demands by introducing new technology of our own and providing content that is popular among these users. For example, in May 2010 we introduced the PCT app, which our readers can download from iTunes for their iPhone and/or iPad. The first version of this app allows users to view a digital version of current and past PCT issues (in the exact same format as PCT magazine) and it also provides real-time news updates from www.pctonline.com. We’ve received great feedback on this app. Our mobile device users love having PCT at their fingertips and having the ability to catch up on industry-related news and features at their convenience. We are excited to report that the newest version of the PCT app will be rolled out in early 2013. This version will include many new features and functions to provide users with a “richer, more immersive” experience, including: custom-built for iPads; offline readability; stories will be more interactive, and in some cases use animation; improved social networking sharing options; and easier access to links within articles.
How is PCT’s content adapting to meet mobile device user demand? According to that same Morgan Stanley report, “Video accounts for 69% of mobile data traffic.” It’s for this reason PCT has continued to add multimedia files including video, podcasts, webinars and photo slideshows. For example, PCT has been conducting video interviews with pest management professionals at industry events. Just last month we caught up with more than a dozen industry professionals at NPMA PestWorld in Boston for video interviews on a wide variety of business and technical topics. These videos appear on PCT Online, but they also have been formatted with specs that allow for ease-of-use for mobile device users.
Another important way PCT has adapted our news coverage is by better utilizing social media. PCT Associate Editor Bill Delaney is our point person on Facebook and Twitter and he’s done a great job of not only posting PCT-generated content, but of sharing interesting pest-related stories and even digging through the PCT magazine archives for fun “finds.”
PCT is certainly not alone in this industry in terms of adopting — and taking advantage of — new technology. We’ve enjoyed observing how other PCOs, manufacturers, distributors, members of academia, etc., are using social media, mobile technology and other tools. From pest identification apps to Groupon specials, in many ways the utilization of mobile technology is the next frontier for an industry that thrives on innovating and adapting to change.
The author is Internet editor and managing editor of PCT magazine and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Infestation to Inspiration
Homeowner Joan Gerstein battled a rodent infestation for months before she called a professional to help her handle the problem. The ordeal inspired four poems.
Joan Gerstein, of Oceanside, Calif., has been writing poetry since she was a child. A retired school teacher, Gerstein has been published in a number of local periodicals throughout San Diego County, and writes when inspiration strikes.
Recently, inspiration came in the form of a very frustrating rodent infestation. “I went on vacation for two weeks last fall, and in my absence, mice set up residence in my home,” Gerstein said. “I tried everything for seven months and finally called an exterminator. He finished things off, and I am mice free. The poems were the only fun thing that came out of this awful problem.”
What follows are four poems Gerstein penned as a result of her unwelcome house guests:
Poems by Joan Gerstein
Little black specks were easy to ignore
when first seen on the counter and the floor.
But as they multiplied, I had to surmise
nature had gifted me mice as a prize
For my slovenly housekeeping.
I soon discovered they were everywhere:
under the sink, in a drawer, on a chair.
For penance I scrubbed and scoured my house
Then went about to catch each evil mouse
with language suitable for bleeping.
In suspicious corners I lodged the traps.
My hungry rodents needed no roadmaps
to a counter where I placed some peaches.
I’d show the vermin what stealing teaches:
death when they do their nocturnal creeping.
In the morning I found two little mice
stuck to my rodent-catching device.
In horror I saw what my hands had done.
Removing these animals was no fun.
It actually set my eyes to weeping.
I had to leave those remaining mice free,
keep them in one location I could see.
So near their hole I will carefully set
tasty treats they can easily get,
my belated offering of peacekeeping.
“More Than One in My House”
It doesn’t work — they just want more and more,
but I’m not a rodent convenience store.
They taste my veggies, nibble the fruit.
My previous peace treaty is now moot.
The mice gnaw holes in the dog food bags.
I clean up their poop with vacuum and rags.
But by next morn’ there’s dozens more
in drawers, on counters, especially the floor.
They’ve supped on pasta, grains and brown rice.
No more will I be tolerant or nice.
Throughout the kitchen I’ve set multiple traps.
They’ll get their payback when we take our naps.
Death! I declare war on the vermin today.
I’ve tried to be kind yet there’s no other way.
They’ll no longer use my house for their forage.
It’s me, not the mice, who pays the mortgage.
I’m on the warpath with weapons I wield,
so my halcyon home’s a killing field.
I’ve destroyed forty-eight little creatures
with snake-like tails and ugly features.
A little mouse wife and her little mouse man
bred every three weeks to produce a clan
of mice of every shape and size,
with gray-brown fur and beady eyes.
Each time I destroy perhaps two or three,
for days no new black poops do I see.
I pray they are all truly deceased
until I see evidence of a new beast
that has taken chunks from a peach, a plum,
a ripe tomato, even a dog food crumb.
Again I set out multiple traps
to kill the mice and then play taps.
Finally my house feels peaceful and calm,
the mice have all gone to the great beyond.
I must now enjoy the time where I dwell
because when I die I’ll burn in hell.
“Mice, The Final Chapter”
In every closet and all the drawers,
on multiple shelves and corners of floors,
I placed different kinds of rodent traps:
pads of sticky goo and the one that snaps
when the creatures reach for peanut butter.
I put poison in my pantry clutter,
behind the toilet where I found mouse poop,
under the kitchen sink in a group.
I planted snares of every device
and week after week I killed many mice.
For each dozen that met their demise
offspring of ten or twenty would arise
to establish residence in my house
and thwart attempts to kill every louse.
After eight months I admit defeat.
I can’t make my home hygienic and neat.
Since they won’t leave and neither will I,
there’s only one thing left I can try —
today I’ll call an exterminator.
Let someone else be the decimator.
NPMA Appoints Bob Rosenberg Acting EVP
FAIRFAX, VA. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) appointed Bob Rosenberg as acting executive vice president on Oct. 16. Rosenberg, a 23-year NPMA veteran, will guide the association through a transition period. In late September, NPMA President Laura Simpson, during a conference call with the NPMA Board of Directors, announced that Executive Vice President Rob Lederer had resigned, effective immediately.
Simpson told PCT that, following Lederer’s resignation, NPMA staff and the executive committee met and discussed the next steps, including how and when to replace Lederer. Simpson said the committee decided it was important to make a decision prior to PestWorld in October. “After PestWorld when everyone was performing their separate functions, we felt that we needed someone in that leadership position. The staff and executive committee met and approached Bob,” Simpson said. “The executive committee and our staff have worked together very closely. We have a great synergy together.”
According to NPMA bylaws, the NPMA Board of Directors has the authority to hire, but because Rosenberg is being named “acting” EVP, he is not hired by the board of directors. He is already an employee.
Rosenberg’s career with NPMA has focused on advocating for the professional pest management industry’s interests with federal, state and local government. He has served on numerous boards and was appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sit on various federal advisory committees, including the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee.
New Ratings & Reviews Interactive Feature Added to Univar’s PestWeb Website
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Univar Environmental Sciences announced the launch of PestWeb Ratings & Reviews, a new interactive forum that enables pest management professionals to provide feedback on Univar products.
PestWeb (www.pestweb.com) is built to give customers access to some of today’s most valuable tools and information, Univar reports. With the addition of the new feature, Univar said it brings added functionality and information accessibility, reinforcing PestWeb’s role.
“Univar Environmental Sciences has always been focused on providing our customers with useful and innovative tools,” says Karl Kisner, vice president of marketing. “Many PMPs want to know how a product is performing. This forum will allow them to see opinions from their peers. We believe that the new Ratings & Reviews tool will allow our customers to engage with us, the supplier community, as well as with their peers, in a way that revolutionizes how they interact.”
PestWeb users can access the new Ratings & Reviews via the product pages. To make comments, users must be registered for PestWeb’s Premier Services.
In accepting his new position Rosenberg told PCT, “The industry has done a lot for me and I love this industry. This was an opportunity to give something back to the industry and I welcome that opportunity,” he said. “NPMA is at a very good place at this time. I think the executive committee has said we’re very comfortable with where NPMA is at as an organization.”
Rosenberg said an immediate goal will be addressing two key principles. “We want to reaffirm NPMA is a member-driven organization and refocus our energies on transparency,” he said. “We want the industry to know what we’re doing. We’re proud of what we’re doing.”
Simpson said NPMA has a lot of work to do during this interim period, including writing a job description to determine what qualities NPMA is seeking in its new director. “We want to make sure we get it right,” she said. “We have the luxury now of having plenty of time to work through the process, because we don’t have the pressure to select someone immediately. We have the time to develop that role and look for that person and see where that leads us.” — Dan Moreland and Brad Harbison
Pioneering Industry Educator John Osmun Passes Away
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — The pest control industry mourns the loss of Dr. John Osmun, a Purdue University entomology faculty member for 39 years and an outspoken advocate for PCO education and enhanced industry standards. Osmun, 94, of West Lafayette, Ind., passed away on Oct. 13.
Few industry professionals have had as significant and long-lasting an impact on the field of pest management as Osmun, whose career spanned more than 60 years. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Entomologist and for three years was the chief entomologist in the First Army Command stationed in Governor’s Island, N.Y. He then was employed as a research entomologist for Merck & Company.
In 1948, Osmun arrived at Purdue, where he was named assistant professor of entomology. In this position, he developed the first four-year curriculum devoted to urban and industrial entomology. In the mid-1970s, Osmun left Purdue to become director of EPA’s Operations Division (and he later served as a consultant to EPA). He would later return to Purdue. Osmun joined EPA during a time in which the agency’s role was placing more emphasis on setting standards. In January 2006, Purdue recognized Osmun during a special reception, and he reflected on his EPA involvement, noting, “I saw it as an opportunity to develop standards for applicators based on education.”
Industry consultant and former Purdue Entomology faculty member Dr. Austin Frishman, whom Osmun recruited to Purdue, noted, “John was one of the early entomologists to recognize that the future our industry was not chemically based, and recognized what Rachel Carson was saying, so he took the job to head up and develop the certification program with EPA.”
As a Purdue faculty member, Osmun is remembered as a teacher, mentor and friend, who was responsible for developing many subsequent generations of entomologists, including Dr. Bobby Corrigan, who was a Purdue Entomology faculty member and now serves as an industry consultant. “Among my many Purdue recollections, my most cherished memories of ‘Oz’ were the times he accompanied me during graduate school on a few night excursions to observe bats in attics or mice in poultry houses,” Corrigan said. “On those trips, he would provide wonderful guidance and counsel on all aspects of life and entomology. Those trips helped shape who I am today.”
Although Osmun retired from Purdue in 1987, he remained close to the university and the pest control industry. At that same 2006 banquet, Osmun provided the following optimistic perspective on the industry: “You have the foundation of professional people working in the field, so I only see the industry getting better,” he said. — Brad Harbison
Orkin Acquires Portions of Hulett Environmental Services
ATLANTA – Atlanta-based Orkin announced it has acquired eight North Florida locations from Hulett Environmental Services, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. The purchased branches are in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, Oviedo, Tampa Bay, Lake County, Melbourne and Kissimmee.
Revenue for the acquired branches exceeds $8 million, and the transaction was for an undisclosed sum. Other Hulett branches in South Florida will remain with the Hulett family and are not a part of this transaction.
“We have respected Liz and Tim Hulett and their pest control company for a long time,” said John Wilson, Orkin USA president. “The Huletts and their employees have built a business over the past 40 years that enjoys a great reputation in residential, commercial and termite control services across the state. We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement.”
Tim Hulett, president and owner of Hulett Environmental Services, said, “While this was a difficult decision, we believe that by narrowing the company’s footprint, we can concentrate better on growing our South Florida business. This move also allows me to spend more time with my family, which is very important to me.”
Hulett Environmental Services was established in 1968 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and reported 2011 revenues exceeding $35 million.
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Dow AgroSciences Adopts Dow Diamond Icon as Part of Branding Transformation
INDIANAPOLIS – Dow AgroSciences introduced a new brand and visual identity, the culmination of a major brand transformation the company has undertaken over the past year. As the agricultural sciences business of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow AgroSciences will further leverage the recognition, capabilities, strength and scale of Dow to deliver new solutions and technologies to growers around the world, the company said.
“Our close connection to Dow enables us to operate within the framework of a much bigger company that offers scale and strength to our business around the world,” says Antonio Galindez, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences. “The significant investment in new innovations by the company over the past decade has enabled many new agricultural technology collaborations and advances, new product launches and overall faster business growth.”
As part of the rebrand, customers will see changes on marketing materials and products. The new Dow AgroSciences company tagline, “Solutions for the Growing World,” links with Dow’s new advertising campaign, Solutionism. The tagline reflects Dow AgroSciences’ passion for agriculture, as well as its commitment to scientific discovery and a service-first culture to help those in agriculture meet the needs of the growing needs of the planet.
Dow AgroSciences’ new brand identity is now live on the company’s website. In addition, customers around the world will begin to see the new Dow AgroSciences brand identity through marketing materials and product packaging. The company logo was scheduled to be changed at the company’s headquarters last month. Additional Dow AgroSciences sites and offices globally will transition to the new visual identity over the coming quarters.
Temprid ‘Save the Day’ Contest Finalist Videos are Available Online for Voting
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C — Five pest management professionals have been selected as finalists in the Temprid Save the Day Contest, in which PMPs shared stories of instances where they “saved the day” by tackling a pest problem for a family or business using Temprid SC Insecticide.
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is calling upon PMPs across the country to view all five videos online and vote for their favorite story. PMPs who vote will have a chance to receive a free case of Temprid. The winning professional will be awarded with an all-expense-paid trip for four, plus a choice of 10 free cases of Temprid SC or a professional marketing package to help promote his or her business.
“We are very impressed with the contest submissions and thank all PMPs who contributed their Temprid success stories,” said Norman Barclift, general insect control product manager at Environmental Science. “Now it’s time for PMPs to view the videos and cast their vote for their favorite ‘Save-the-Day’ story.”
Between now and Nov. 30, professionals will have the chance to vote for the following finalists:
- Anthony Esposito, The Bug Reaper, Katy, Texas
- Brandon Glenn, Schendel Pest Services, Wichita, Kan.
- Mary Hooks, Carothers Pest Control, Mansfield, Ohio
- Robert Dunlap, No-Bugs Pest Management, Monroe, Ohio
- Tim Meyers, AAA Enviro Pest Management, Centre Hall, Pa.
The winning submission will be announced in December and will be awarded with the following:
- All-expense-paid trip for four to New York City; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Orlando, Fla.; or Las Vegas, Nev.
- Choice of either 10 free cases of Temprid SC Insecticide OR a professional marketing package to help promote his or her business, including assistance with advertising, public relations and social media.
Brackett Resigns as TruGreen President
MEMPHIS, TENN. — Less than a year after being named to the post, Tom Brackett has resigned as president of TruGreen LawnCare.
The news was announced in an Oct. 12 SEC filing by TruGreen’s parent company, ServiceMaster.
Brackett resigned effective Oct. 9, according to the filing, and will be replaced on an interim basis by ServiceMaster CEO Hank Mullany.
Brackett moved to TruGreen from Terminix when Stephen Donly resigned as president in May 2011. For seven months, he oversaw the lawn care company while continuing his role as president and CEO of Terminix.
Brackett was named TruGreen president in December 2011.
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Justin Stewart, product manager for fumigants with Dow AgroScience’s U.S. pest management business, has accepted the new role of product manager for cereals and rice herbicides within Dow’s Crop Protection business. Stewart has been with Dow AgroSciences since 2007. Heather Kern has accepted the role of product manager for fumigants for the company’s pest management business. Kern has been with Dow since 2000.
Professional Women in Pest Management announced the recipients of its annual scholarship: Laura Schroeder, branch manager, Spencer Pest Services, Greenville, S.C., and Charity Lowder, Atlantic call center manager, Orkin.
Schroeder and Lowder will receive funding to further their careers. They also received a trip to Boston for last month’s NPMA PestWorld. PWIPM is an affiliate organization of NPMA.
Captain, U.S. Navy (retired) Stan Cope, Ph.D., has joined Terminix as manager of technical services. Cope, an entomologist with more than 23 years of military experience in 18 countries, most recently served as director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for affecting policy involving pest management and mosquito control in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Bug Doctor Termite & Pest Control, Paramus, N.J., promoted Janet Kopic to the position of business development coordinator. Kopic will develop and maintain agency relationships for all divisions of Bug Doctor, the company said.
John Kane, technical specialist, Western Pest Services, Parsippany, N.J., is now a board-certified entomologist, the company announced. Kane leads customer staff training on effective pest management practices and provides in-house training to Western technicians. Kane earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego, and his Master of Science degree in entomology from the University of Illinois in 2008.
Massey Services announced Marietta, Ga.-based General Manager Wayne Rose was elected to serve as Region 4 director for the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA). Rose will act as a liaison between the Association and the independent pest control companies in the region. Rose has been with Massey Services since 1999.
Syngenta Closes DuPont Deal
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Syngenta announced it has closed the acquisition of the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business. As a result of this transaction, Syngenta now owns the insecticide brands Altriset, Advion, Arilon, Acelepryn, Calteryx and Provaunt. A number of DuPont Professional Products employees also have joined Syngenta.
“These key assets will provide the Lawn & Garden Turf & Landscape business with new offerings and capabilities to scale our business so that we can meet the needs of our growing customer base,” stated Tim Kroenke, head, Syngenta Lawn & Garden North America. “With the addition of these recognized brands, Syngenta can address critical customer needs in the professional turf and pest control markets with an expanded portfolio of industry-leading, proven technology.”
Scott Reasons, head, Turf & Landscape North America, concurred. “The closing of the acquisition provides Syngenta with new capabilities to build upon our strong pest management heritage with next generation chemistry, and expand our leadership position in turf. We are excited about the offerings and additional capabilities we can now provide our customers.”
In addition to targeting the professional turf and pest management markets, Syngenta will pursue adjacent market opportunities in ornamental horticulture and the consumer space. The closing price for the acquisition was $125 million.
Justin McCauley, Judy Black Receive NPMA Awards
|Top photo (left to right): Kevin Pass, Justin McCauley and John Myers. Bottom photo (left to right): Pass, Judy Black and John Wilson.|
BOSTON, MASS. — Justin McCauley, chief operating officer for McCauley Services, Benton, Ark., was the 2012 recipient of the inaugural NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control. McCauley was honored at PestWorld 2012 in October.
The award recognizes young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition.
McCauley is involved in his community, serving on the boards of directors for the Kiwanis of Saline County, Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, NPMA and the Arkansas Pest Management Association. He is involved in the NPMA Leadership Development Group and serves as head coach of Vikings Future Panthers Football Team.
Judy Black, vice president of technical services for Steritech’s pest prevention division, was the 2012 recipient of NPMA’s Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. Black also was honored at PestWorld 2012 in October.
“Judy embodies the spirit of the award in every way,” said NPMA President Laura Simpson. “Throughout her 25-year career, Judy has contributed ably to her employers and has been an industry advocate.”
Since joining Steritech in 1994, Black has worked in a variety of roles, and was promoted to vice president in early 2012. A graduate of West Virginia University, she received her bachelor’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in environmental protection, and master of science in entomology. She is a board certified entomologist and a member of Pi Chi Omega, the national pest control fraternity. She has served as chair on the NPMA Technical Committee, served on the inaugural Bed Bug Blue Ribbon Task Force and was the director of the Certification Board for the Entomological Society of America.
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Orkin acquired Tri-County Pest Control South, Land O’ Lakes, Fla. Residential and commercial accounts will be distributed among branches in the western Florida region. Maria and Charles Baker, founders and owners of Tri-County Pest Control South, plan to retire after the transition.
Dodson Pest Control, Lynchburg, Va., acquired Scott’s Pest Control, Florence, S.C. Dodson has 34 offices throughout Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
Cascade Pest Control acquired BioTech Pest Control, formerly of Lakewood, Wash. “Cascade’s reputation for providing high-quality service was the main reason why I approached them,” said Mel Lopas, founder, BioTech Pest Control. “I’m glad to be a part of this rapidly growing company, and know that my customers will be happy also.” Cascade will absorb BioTech’s customer base in King and Pierce counties.
Macy’s Termite & Pest Control, North Venice, Fla., announced it has expanded its coverage in Manatee County by assigning two technicians — Kyle Hess and Samantha Brown — to concentrate on residential properties throughout the county.
Anderson Pest Solutions opened a new office in Merrillville, Ind. The new facility is intended to accommodate Anderson’s growing presence in northern Indiana, the company said. Mark O’Hara, president, said the new office “reflects our commitment to expanding Anderson’s service and market share in Northern Indiana.”
ChemTec Pest Control, Saddle Brook, N.J., purchased Thomas Pest Control Company in August. This acquisition increases the ChemTec presence in Bergen County, N.J.
Inspect-All Services acquired Achilles Pest Control in July. Inspect-All said the acquisition is another step in its growth trajectory. “In January 2013, Inspect-All Services looks to finish strong for the third year in a row at a top 100 fastest-growing business ceremony held by the University of Georgia,” the company said in a release detailing the acquisition.
RISE, CLA ProActively Address Industry Issues at Annual Meeting
RISE and CropLife America have never been afraid to take on the big issues, whether it’s working with government officials to find solutions to complex regulatory issues relating to protecting public health and the environment or grappling with how to feed an exploding global population that is expected to top 9 billion people by 2050.
|Dave Morris of Dow AgroSciences says it’s essential for RISE members to “speak with one voice” on issues of importance to the association.|
That’s why a well-attended general session titled “The Seven Revolutions” featuring Johanna Nesseth Tuttle of the Center for Strategic & International Studies proved so timely, as 500 industry executives traveled to Amelia Island, Fla., just a month before the U.S. Presidential election to chart the future of the chemical industry.
“What’s the world going to look like in the year 2030?” Tuttle asked those attending the bi-annual meeting of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and CropLife America. How policy makers respond to seven key issues with global implications in the years ahead — population, resources, technology, economics, information, security and governance — will likely provide the answer to that question.
Tuttle said there will be opportunities for government and industry “to find new paths forward” and address the challenges of population growth, security, and other issues of importance to people around the globe, and chemical suppliers are going to play an important role in shaping that new world, although “the role that your industry plays is going to continue to be challenging” given the complex nature of the issues facing policy makers.
Still, there is reason for optimism if industry representatives stay actively engaged on issues of importance to them. “Our theme for this week — political campaigns of the past — also reminds us how important our individual and collective participation in the political process is — and how powerful it can be,” observed Dave Morris, outgoing RISE Governing Board Chairman and Commercial Leader, Pest Management and Turf and Ornamentals Business, Dow AgroSciences.
“We are also reminded this week, that speaking with one voice is essential, though we represent many categories of product use,” he said. “Whether we are speaking about our shared issues or about those that are unique to our category, each of us must be engaged in the conversation about our industry and the important benefits we deliver to communities and countries.”
Morris, who served as Governing Board Chairman for the past two years, said one of the first things he and RISE President Aaron Hobbs did upon taking on their new roles was attend an association management conference in Chicago.
Since then, Morris said, they have worked not only “in the association on issues,” but also “on the association in structure, focus and operating discipline,” creating a Strategic Oversight Council (SOC) as the association works towards becoming the catalyst for recognition of the human health and environmental benefits of pesticide products by legislators, regulators and the public they serve.
“The SOC gives us an internal GPS that helps us navigate successfully through our issues to determine what we will work on and what we won’t work on,” Morris observed. “The SOC is essential to keeping us focused on our issues and goals.”
“RISE is focused on providing an advocacy platform for the specialty products field,” added Jose Milan, chairman of the Strategic Oversight Council and Director of Green Business Operations, Bayer. “We start with the end in mind. Focusing on our goals guides our strategy and action plan development.”
Hobbs added that the SOC “has really done some great work” this past year. “They’ve helped us come together, integrating our approaches to issues management,” including the popular ‘Debug the Myths’ program (www.DebugTheMyths.com).
“I cannot overstate the strategic importance of leading and planning on a proactive and positive basis,” Morris said. “It is a game changer for us — and our entire industry. Our commitment to test and refine this approach through the Debug the Myths program over the past three years is paying real dividends on our investment.
|(Left) Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, and Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America. (Right) RISE President Aaron Hobbs.|
“At RISE this year, we’ve continued our work to bring a positive and relevant voice to the conversation about our products at the local, state and federal levels,” Morris added. “Some of this work involved kicking the tires on RISE to ensure the association has the right resources to achieve our goals.” Through this discernment process, he said, the specialty chemical industry learned from policy makers three years ago it had “diminishing credibility” in the policy arena for two reasons:
- “Policymakers only heard from us when we didn’t like what they were doing; and
- They never heard from their constituents about why our products are beneficial and necessary.”
“The decision of the Governing Board to weave proactive capacity into the fabric of our advocacy, not only addresses those issues, but puts and keeps us in the conversation about our products and their many benefits,” he said.
Morris added that the association also has continued to expand its programming to reach more people with its message. “This year we held another successful and standing-room only event during the golf show and we had a grassroots seminar during New England Grows — the Northeast’s largest green industry show — to reach grassroots in that priority location,” he said.
“Grassroots is increasingly the engine that drives our advocacy. This year we had several opportunities to engage members, customers and friends on important issues like advancing NPDES legislation in Congress — though it’s still pending as we meet this week,” Morris said. “Fifty-two grassroots alerts were sent to some 2,000 advocates in our database over a two-day period on this issue with more than 500 sending a message to their senator supporting our legislation.”
In other RISE/CLA highlights, keynote speaker Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, shared his thoughts on the presidential race and the state of American politics. Regardless of the outcome of the election, he said, there is much work to be done in Washington, particularly as it relates to the economy.
|Top: Johanna Nesseth Tuttle of the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Bottom: Steve Gullickson of MGK encouraged members to “stay engaged.”|
“After this election…I’m very worried about what’s going to happen at the end of this year and the beginning of next year,” he said. “When they (Congress) get back, if they don’t get a deficit package in place…you’re going to see some bad things happen. Can these folks get their act together?” Cook asked. “We’re now getting sort of close to judgment day.”
In closing the conference, RISE President Aaron Hobbs said the association’s longtime partnership with CropLife America “is a great thing for our industry,” allowing the two advocacy organizations to speak with one voice. “We have a lot of opportunity out there to change policy and change minds,” he said, but it requires active involvement by RISE members, a theme echoed by MGK President Steve Gullickson, incoming RISE Governing Board Chairman.
“We are a membership-driven organization,” Gullickson said. “I encourage you to stay engaged. The more bodies, the more minds we have involved, the more effective we’re going to be as an organization. I look forward to working with you. I look forward to working for you.”
RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticide and fertilizer products and advocates on issues and research affecting the industry. To get involved or for more information about the organization, contact: RISE, 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20005, or phone 202/872-3860.
The 2013 RISE Annual Meeting is scheduled for Aug. 26-30 at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Calif. — Dan Moreland